goal [ gohl ]
1. the result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
2. the terminal point in a race.
3. a pole, line, or other marker by which such a point is indicated.
4. an area, basket, cage, or other object or structure toward or into which players of various games attempt to throw, carry, kick, hit, or drive a ball, puck, etc., to score a point or points.
5. the act of throwing, carrying, kicking, driving, etc., a ball or puck into such an area or object.
6. the score made by this act.
OTHER WORDS FROM GOAL
WORDS RELATED TO GOAL
objective, intention, target, ambition, duty, use, object, end, destination, limit, mark, design, intent, mission, zero
SYNONYMS FOR GOAL
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1. target, purpose, object, objective, intent, intention.
Origin: 1275–1325; Middle English gol boundary, limit; compare Old English gǣlan to hinder, impede
HISTORICAL USAGE OF GOAL
Goal has no reliable etymology. It appears for the first and only time in Middle English as gol “boundary, limit” in the mid-14th century. Some authorities suggest that gol was a borrowing from Middle French gaule, waulle “pole, stick,” from an unattested Germanic cognate of Old Frisian waal, walu “rod,” which is of no real help. The second recorded occurrence of goal, then spelled gole, is in the first half of the 16th century, with the meaning “finishing point of a race, finish line.” The extended sense “aim or purpose, outcome of effort or ambition” also dates from the first half of the 16th century. By the late 16th century, goal, at this point spelled goale, had also acquired the meaning, now obsolete, “starting point of a race,” a translation of one of the many meanings of Latin fīnis (which also meant “boundary, limit” and “finishing point of a race, finish line”).
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GOAL
So however detailed the statistics of the battlefield are, they cannot achieve the goal.
PENTAGON DOESN’T KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE IT’S KILLED IN THE ISIS WAR|NANCY A. YOUSSEF|JANUARY 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
So, as far as Mexican officials like Peña Nieto are concerned, the goal is to keep their countrymen here — and keep them happy.
WHY MEXICANS ARE ENRAGED BY OBAMA’S BIG TUESDAY MEETING|RUBEN NAVARRETTE JR.|JANUARY 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The goal is to create a literary anatomy of the last century—or, to be precise, from 1900 to 2014.
THE 2014 NOVEL OF THE YEAR|NATHANIEL RICH|DECEMBER 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His goal: to make the perfect (and absolutely comfortable) high-heel, with the help from Nike CEO Mark Parker.
WHAT, AND WHO, YOU'LL BE WEARING IN 2015|JUSTIN JONES|DECEMBER 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His goal of coming across as humble subtracts from his ability to share just exactly how he became so great at such a young age.
THE STORY OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST CRICKET PLAYER|WILLIAM O’CONNOR|DECEMBER 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But long before the youth who chooses such a goal has reached it, he will have dwarfed his manhood, and shriveled his soul.
THE VICTORIOUS ATTITUDE|ORISON SWETT MARDEN
Observe, how dexterously by this measure we shall both reach the goal of our desires.
LOVE AND INTRIGUE|FRIEDRICH SCHILLER
He paddled along steadily, making slow but sure progress toward the goal on which his eyes were continually fixed.
THE IRON BOYS ON THE ORE BOATS|JAMES R. MEARS
His object was to remove every trace of himself as he passed onward to the goal ahead of him—to obliterate his tracks entirely.
IN THE DAY OF ADVERSITY|JOHN BLOUNDELLE-BURTON
He would be as certain to reach his goal as she would be to pray the holy saints for a peaceful death.
COMPLETE SHORT WORKS|GEORG EBERS